Summer Institute for Marine Science at Rookery Bay | National Estuarine Research Reserve

Half-Day Marine Science Summer Camp

The Student Institute for Marine Science (SIMS) is the ideal half-day camp for rising 8th, 9th, and 10th-grade students interested in marine sciences and marine biology.

Participants will explore the coastal ecology of Southwest Florida through excursions within the 110,000 acres of the Rookery Bay Research Reserve.

Each half-day program will look at the mission and conservation efforts of Rookery Bay, experience in the field, exposure to research and monitoring of wildlife and connections to partner agencies. SIMS offers students the flexibility to attend one, two or three days of camp.

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Three Half Day Camp Experiences


Join us on a Bike and Hike!

Dates Available
June 7
June 14
July 19
July 26


Join us on a kayaking adventure!

Dates Available
June 8
June 15
July 20
July 27


Join us on a beach based excursion!

Dates Available
June 9
June 16
July 21
July 28

Even more fun at Rookery Bay!

A visit to Rookery Bay has so much fun in store for Kids & Families. Visit our Environmental Learning Center, Explore Rookery Bay with Nature Tours by Boat & Kayak, or take in a lecture.

Student Institute for Marine Science

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SIMS offers students an in depth look at the mission and efforts of the Reserve, visits to surrounding areas of the Western Everglades and exposure to research and monitoring of local wildlife.

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The Student Institute for Marine Science is for students entering 8th, 9th or 10th grade. Registration is required. For questions, email Jeannine or call 239-530-5989.

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Thank You!

This program was made possible with funding support from the Friends of Rookery Bay!

Explore with Us!

Guided Boat Tours

Discover Rookery Bay’s extraordinary wildlife on one of our naturalist guided kayak tours. Two-hour guided kayak tours let you explore backwater bays and mangrove forests and provide opportunities to see wildlife such as wading birds, osprey, fish and dolphins.